Abhay Singh Chautala

Indian politician

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Abhay Singh Chautala
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Leader of Opposition, Haryana Legislative Assembly
In office
October 2014 – March 2019 [1]
Succeeded byBhupinder Singh Hooda, INC
MLA, Haryana Legislative Assembly
Assumed office
December 2009
10th President of Indian Olympic Association
In office
5 December 2012 – 9 February 2014
Preceded byVijay Kumar Malhotra (as acting president)
Succeeded byNarayana Ramachandran
Personal details
Born (1963-02-14) 14 February 1963 (age 58)
Chautala, Punjab, India
(now in Haryana, India)
Political partyIndian National Lok Dal
(m. 1987; died 1988)

Kanta Chautala
RelationsChaudhary Devi Lal (grandfather)
Ajay Singh Chautala (brother)
Dushyant Chautala (nephew)
FatherOm Prakash Chautala
ResidenceSirsa, Haryana, India

Abhay Singh Chautala (born 14 February 1963) is an Indian politician. He was a member of the Haryana Legislative Assembly for the constituency, Ellenabad from December 2009 to January 2021.[2][3]

He was the leader of opposition from the party, INLD. He is the grandson of ex-deputy prime minister, Chaudhary Devi Lal[4][5] and son of Haryana's ex-chief minister, Om Prakash Chautala.

Early life and education

He was born in Chautala, Sirsa[6] and studied at the S.M. Hindu Senior Secondary School,[7] Sonepat.[8] He acquired his bachelor's degree in arts from Haryana agricultural university, Hisar.[9] A sports enthusiast, he has represented the state eight times in national volleyball championship and won numerous medals.

Political career

Chautala has been active in politics since his schooling days but he officially began his political career by contesting an election for the membership of Chautala village Panchayat and serving as its upsarpanch (deputy chief) for one term. He came into political limelight in the year 2000 when he won from Haryana's Rori Assembly constituency on INLD ticket with a record number of votes.[7] While representing the constituency, he fulfilled his promise of opening an engineering college, which had been constructed in Panniwala Mota under the name of Jananayak Chaudhary Devi Lal Memorial College. In 2005, he was elected the President of the Zila Parishad, Sirsa and is currently holding that position. In 2009 he won the by-election from Ellenabad state constituency. In 2014, he was re-elected as MLA and joined the Vidhan Sabha as the leader of opposition. During the 2014 Lok Sabha elections, he was lauded for his leadership and organizational skills for leading INLD into winning 2 MP seats despite the strong Modi Wave. As an MLA, he was instrumental in the infrastructural, educational and sports development of his state.

In January 2021, Chautala resigned from the Haryana Assembly over the three farm legislations.[3][10]

Sports development

Abhay Chautala has been the torch bearer of sports development in Haryana. He introduced a new policy which had significantly boosted sports and games in the state. The policy provides for sports quota reservations for government jobs and educational institutions. It provides for diet allowances for sport professionals and lucrative prizes for international medal winners. Abhay Chautala has set up rural stadiums and coaching institutions in various parts of the state. As a result of his successful endeavours in the field of sports he was elected for various leading positions at reputable sport organisations.

Positions held in sports organisations

Position Organization Year
President Haryana Olympic Association[11] 2016-till date



President Haryana State Athletic Association[12] 2013-till date


President Haryana State Boxing Association[13] 2000-till date
Chairman Indian Amateur Boxing Federation[14] 2012-2016
Patron in Chief All India Tug of War Federation 2008-2014
President Indian Olympic Association[15] 2012-2014
President Indian Boxing Federation[16] 2001-2012
Chef-De-Mission Indian Contingent, Guangzhou (China) Asian Games[17] 2010
Member Organizing Committee, Commonwealth Games-2010 Delhi[18] 2010
Vice-President Asian Boxing Federation[19] 2004-2011
Vice-President Indian Olympic Association[15] 1991-2012
President Haryana State Volleyball Association 1991-2000
Secretary General Haryana State Volleyball Association 1985-1991

Women empowerment programs

A believer of equal stature for women, Abhay has extensively worked to empower them. He propagated the right to education for girls with the launch of 'Shrimati Haraki Devi Memorial College for Women,[20]' where meritorious girls are provided fee concessions along with free lodging. He also introduced the scheme that provided free transportation facilities to girls travelling from nearby villages to educational institutions. It was his encouragement that led an activation participation of girls in sports, which was earlier dominated by men.

Personal life

Abhay Singh Chautala is the youngest son of Chaudhary Om Prakash Chautala and Shrimati Sneh Lata.[7] He married Supriya in March 1987, who died on 11 November 1988 under suspicious circumstances at the age of 19.[21] Later, he married Kanta Chautala and has two sons, Karan Singh Chautala and Arjun Singh Chautala.[7]

External links


  1. ^ "Abhay Chautala Resigns as Leader of Opposition in Haryana Assembly".
  2. ^ "MLA Details". haryanaassembly.gov.in. Retrieved 3 January 2019.
  3. ^ a b "Lone INLD MLA Abhay Singh Chautala resigns from Haryana Assembly over farm laws". The Hindu. 27 January 2021. Retrieved 29 January 2021.
  4. ^ "The Jat patriarch". Frontline. 11 May 2001.
  5. ^ Singh, Raj Pal (1988). Devi Lal, the man of the masses. Veenu Printers and Publications.
  6. ^ History of Sirsa Town. Atlantic Publishers & Distri. 1991.
  7. ^ a b c d "Abhay Chautala Biography - About Family, Political life, News and Updates". Elections in India.
  8. ^ "Sonipat".
  9. ^ "HAU | HISAR". www.hau.ac.in.
  10. ^ "INLD MLA Abhay Chautala resigns from Haryana Assembly over farm laws". The Indian Express. 27 January 2021. Retrieved 29 January 2021.
  11. ^ "Haryana Olympic Association".
  12. ^ "Haryana Athletics". www.haryanaathletics.com.
  13. ^ "Haryana State Boxing Association (HSBA), Official Website". www.haryanaboxing.com.
  14. ^ "Indian Amateur Boxing Federation (IABF) Official Website". indiaboxing.in.
  15. ^ a b "Indian Olympic Association". www.olympic.ind.in.
  16. ^ "Boxing Federation of India". boxingfederation.in.
  17. ^ "Abhay Chautala named India's chef-de-mission for Asian Games".
  18. ^ "Organising Committee Commonwealth Games Delhi 2010 formed | XIX Commonwealth Games 2010 Delhi". d2010.thecgf.com.
  19. ^ "ASBCNEWS".
  20. ^ "Gopi Chand Gehlot".
  21. ^ Mudgal, Vipu (15 December 1988). "Congress(I) raises doubts about Om Prakash Chautala's daughter-in-law Supriya's death". India Today. Retrieved 31 January 2021.
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